The plain black case of the midsize R series may not elicit excitement, but its broad range of configuration options--with prices starting at $799--provide tremendous flexibility for businesses looking to make the most of their tech dollar. With the ThinkPad R60, Lenovo loaded up the solid R-series case with new parts, such as Intel's newest Core Duo processors, fast 667MHz RAM, and ATI's latest Mobility Radeon graphics chips. The result is a well-made laptop with enough oomph to tackle any basic business task.
Though the R60's design is nearly identical to that of the R52, there are a few key new features. Most notably, the ThinkPad R60 includes optional WWAN connectivity and a convenient wireless on/off switch along the laptop's front edge. The number of USB 2.0 ports has increased to three (from two), and buyers can now choose an SXGA+ resolution for the laptop's 14-inch display. In addition to the metal screen hinges found on the R52, the R60 incorporates a magnesium alloy frame and a shock-mounted hard drive to help withstand everyday bumps.
Otherwise, the changes are internal. Our $2,099 ThinkPad R60 review unit came stocked with a 2.GHz Intel Core Duo T2500 processor; 1GB of fast 667MHz RAM; a roomy 100GB, 7,200rpm hard drive; and an ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 card with 128MB of dedicated graphics memory. Those specs are nearly identical to the $2,599 ThinkPad T60 we tested earlier this year, as was the R60's performance in CNET Labs' mobile benchmarks. The R60 also scored in line with a similarly configured Dell Latitude D620, which cost $2,101. The ThinkPad R60's battery lasted a lengthy 6 hours, 25 minutes--that's 30 minutes longer than the ThinkPad T60 and more than 2 hours longer than the Latitude D620.
As with the R52, Lenovo backs select configurations of the ThinkPad R60 with a long three-year warranty, though some low-priced configurations ship with a cost-saving one-year warranty. Toll-free telephone support is available around the clock for the length of your warranty. Lenovo's support Web site includes a handful of troubleshooting topics as well as the expected driver downloads; the site lacks interactive features such as customer forums or the chance to chat in real time with a technician.
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